LAIE, Hawaii – Setter Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen recorded her first career triple-double in a tight five-set (25-12, 21-25, 24-26, 26-24, 8-15) defeat to California Baptist University Thursday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
Chen, who is currently ranked third in the PacWest Conference for assists per set with 10.42, totaled 52 assists, 11 digs and 10 kills to achieve the first triple-double of her career. Sophomore right-side hitter Sinamoni Tonga led BYU-Hawaii (10-9, 8-3 PacWest) with 18 kills and 13 digs while freshman middle blocker Brittany Waite recorded 13 kills.
Lauren Hackett led Cal Baptist (16-3, 9-2 PacWest) and all players in kills with 22 and added 8 digs. Setter Jordyn Siko totaled 47 kills and 11 digs.
BYU-Hawaii achieved 71 kills and 67 assists as a team compared to Cal Baptist's 56 and 49. The Seasiders had 64 digs and 5 service aces while the Lancers finished with 52 and 3.
BYU-Hawaii's hitters, assisted by Chen, sparked the lead in the first set with Tonga accumulating four kills while Waite and Kathleen Collete Kalougata had three a piece. An early 10-2 offensive run powered with a service ace by Tonga left the Seasiders up 13-6. BYU-Hawaii had another 9-2 run to finish the set 25-12.
Cal Baptist led for the entire second set after starting off with a quick 8-4 run that BYU-Hawaii was unable to recover from. A pair of kills each by sophomores Leilani Adolpho and Jaqueline Swarbrick helped the Seasiders fight back towards the lead. Towards the end of the set BYU-Hawaii went on a solid 9-4 run featuring five kills by Tonga that almost secured them the win, but the Lancers took the 25-21 victory.
The third set was a back-and-forth battle with evenly dispersed scoring from BYU-Hawaii as five separate Seasiders recorded two kills each. Kalougata totaled four. Neither team gained the advantage by more than three until a kill by Tonga put BYU-Hawaii up 21-17 late into the set. The Seasiders maintained their distance for a few points, but Cal Baptist went on an 8-1 run to win in extra points 26-24.
BYU-Hawaii jumped out to a quick lead in the fourth set as kills by Tonga and Kalougata and an ace by Chen fueled a 6-2 run. Three kills in a row by Swarbrick kept the Seasiders' momentum going mid-set, putting them up 16-10. The Lancers fought back and sought to finish the game in four sets tying the match at 24-24. However, kills by Chen and Tonga secured the victory for the Seasiders, 26-24.
A slow start in the fifth set put the Seasiders down 3-0. Kills by Waite and Tonga attempted to keep BYU-Hawaii in the game, but the Lancers slowly pulled ahead to take the final set 15-8.
BYU-Hawaii will take on Azusa Pacific at home this Saturday at 2 P.M. HST. Video and live stats will be available online.